Salma Hayek Pinault (born September 2, 1966) is a Mexican-American actress and film producer.
“I never cleanse my skin in the morning,” Hayek told The New York Times. “My grandmother taught me that at night, your skin replenishes all the things you lost during the day. Also, if I cleanse very well at night, why would it be dirty when I wake up?”
When she needs a refresher, she’ll opt for a little hydration. “Sometimes I put rose water. Sometimes not,” she told Glamour. “Sometimes straight to the cream. You have to see how the skin feels every day.”
Hayek told Glamour that she’s loved makeup since she was 14. Her daily routine involves a little bit of foundation and lipstick (which she also uses on her cheeks as a blush). “Of course I have to get all dolled up for work and for press,” she said.
But the actress never forgets to take her makeup off at night, and she swears by coconut oil. “Then I use rose water to take off the residuals. You can use a hot towel with the rose water—you put a wet towel in the microwave—to do a little steam,” she told The New York Times. “I’ll use the chamomile cleanser from Nuance. Then I splash with cold water.”
She sometimes DIYs her facial cleanser at night with other kitchen products, too. “You can use a little bit of oatmeal and then some water or almond milk, and a little bit of honey,” she said. “You let it soak, and it’s a great cleanser that makes your skin very soft.”
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The actress is married to French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault and spends most of her time in his home country, which poses a few dietary problems – or blessings – for Salma.
“Everybody has a weakness and mine is food,” she told Canada’s More magazine. “If you love food and you love red wine and they put you in France, you’re in a good place and you’re in a bad place at the same time.”
She told Harper’s Bazaar that in Mexico they “have crickets, and then the ant’s eggs and then we gave these worms. You fry them. If you fry anything, it tastes good, but they’re really delicious. The bugs are incredible!”
On top of a balanced diet, Hayek uses juicing to get ready for major events and hit re-set on her health. Hayek was reportedly a fan of fresh juices from a young age when she was living in Mexico, but found that they weren’t as attainable when she moved to Los Angeles. So, she decided to take matters into her own hands by founding Cooler Cleanse, a line of organic pressed juices designed for three-to-five-day cleanses that are delivered to your door.
“When I feel stressed, I turn to food for comfort,” Hayek said. “After doing a juice cleanse, I’m motivated to eat healthier and not emotionally. Cleansing is like my meditation. It makes me stop, focus and think about what I’m putting into my body. I’m making a commitment to my health and hitting the reset button.”
Hayek is a foodie and an avid cook who enjoys sampling cuisines from every corner of the globe and embracing unusual flavour combinations (in this photo, she’s eating a “pineapple chilli and rose water ice-cream”).
As such, she’s not a fan of limiting her food intake (an approach also employed by Taylor Swift). “I don’t like to diet and I’m not good at it,” she has said, revealing that she prefers the occasional short-term juice cleanse if she needs to feel refreshed.
Hayek’s approach to working out is a little unconventional—she told PEOPLE that with her hectic schedule she often doesn’t have time to exercise.
“Some people have the discipline to exercise in the morning, and I didn’t develop that,” she admitted.
Instead, Hayek favours a way of standing and moving that engages all of her muscles.
“I work with a woman in London who taught me how to hold my body in a way where the muscles are activated all day long. So even when you brush your teeth, you’re working the muscles,” she said.
“It’s restorative yoga. She taught me how to tone [my muscles] without clenching them. You relax them and focus on the parts that need to be used, but never with tension. If you’re aware of your body, you’d be surprised by the effect it can have.”
Hayek is a proud dog owner and keeps up her activity levels via daily dog walks. “This is my version of exercise and these are my #dogs coaches … These are my trainers!” she has posted of her pets on Instagram in the past.
Short But Regular Workouts
When Hayek does have the time to work out, she tends to favour exercising five to seven days a week, but keeping the sessions short at 30 minutes or less.
Sara Shears, who has trained Hayek in the past, told Shape the actress is naturally “super petite” and tends to favour cardio and high-intensity interval training along with strength training to add definition.
“You won’t get results by training only two times a week. You should be doing something every day, in shorter durations but higher intensity,” Shears said of Hayek’s approach.
While Botox and plastic surgery may be popular anti-ageing methods in Hollywood, Hayek prefers muscle massage over going under the knife.
“Massage oxygenates, activates the circulation, and keeps the muscles healthy and firm. I cannot tell you, even just for the lymphatic [system], what the massage does for the face,” Hayek said, according to Inquisitr.